Watch TV on the Radio’s Graceful, Green-Thumbed ‘Million Miles’ Video
Softer new track follows hard-charging "Mercy," with no album plans announced yet
TV on the Radio frontman Tunde Adebimpe’s recent work with side project Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band has been engagingly varied. His main band appears to be headed in a similar direction. Almost a month after TV on the Radio released “Mercy,” all propulsive new wave, the Brooklyn quartet’s gently stirring new “Million Miles” features a much softer tone. They’ve previously played the song live, but the studio version can now be heard above via NPR, set to a mesmerizing, nature-loving video directed by Natalia Leite. “It’s fun to take the idea of a song outside of the world of sound, give it fuller expression, expand its dimensions,” Malone told NPR.
Still, fans might have to wait a bit for a fresh full-length. TV on the Radio have yet to announce a proper follow-up to 2011’s album Nine Types of Light, their last with late bassist Gerard Smith, and Adebimpe has said they’re taking a much slower approach to the next LP. “We’re sort of collecting material for a record, but right now we’re only thinking in terms of songs, smaller things we can put out regularly until an album seems possible. Which I love,” he told SPIN in April. “It’s not that you’re less precious about the process, but I like coming in and saying, ‘Let’s make a couple songs,’ not feeling any sort of pressure to lock ourselves in a room.” Far from being locked in a room, the “Million Miles” video treks outdoors, and almost out-of-body.